It’s between a little over eight months since we finished substantial kitchen and bath renovations. I waited this long to post my thoughts on the contractor, to remove (most of) the emotional component. We hired Aero Kitchen and Bath in spring 2015 to do the work, plus some additional tile on two small landings and a basement bath (which also included some new drywall and paint). We were assured they could work with both our timeframe and our budget. Unfortunately the two glaring weaknesses they brought to the table were project and budget management.
This is a reasonably brief report, as I decided to go a little in-depth about my training experience before I ran, so that it wouldn’t be tainted with whatever happened at the race.
From early Saturday afternoon onward, I focused on relaxing, walking as little as possible, continuing my carb load and getting my head around my first marathon in several years. I knew it would be clear and warm, so my favourite Castelli skull cap and a singlet was a no-brainer, along with my six gel Hind shorts, my CEP compression sleeves, and my favourite fast shoes, the NB1400v3 (almost) flats.
I wanted to write this before I ran so, regardless of how the day goes, the training will be documented from my pre-race perspective. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the marathon. Beginning with the 1998 Vancouver Marathon, I ran at least two a year for a few years and had results that made me very happy and … not so much – everything from 3:06 to 3:41. My frequency dwindled starting around 2005 and I only ran three more, the final being the 2009 Boston Marathon.
Depending on which poll you believe, 67%, 68%, 72%, or 82% of Canadians agree with Stephen Harper, that women shouldn’t wear a niqab during citizenship ceremonies. The excuse given is that it contravenes our standards, customs or some other Canadian thing that the offended person pulled out of their ass. Filter out the fact that, natives aside, North America is an immigrant melting pot with tons of traditions, and Harper’s Canadian customs quickly become early immigrant white customs.
This post is long overdue. In fact, other than a couple small things being taken care of presently, our renovations have been finished for over a month and a half. We waited for ages for the final invoice and are now working through some final billing issues with the contractor, so it really hasn’t felt complete, yet.
However, since it is finished and we’ve been living with our updated spaces for a while, I thought I’d share some final pics, even though one or two did get leaked via various social media. For the most part I’ll let the photos below do the talking. Check out my previous posts if you want to see things at the beginning or middle of the project, to see where we came from.